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Old 10-12-2017, 08:42 PM   #1
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Onion Valley Campground

This is not a kayak report, but I thought it would be fun to share.

My two boys, 11 and 8, and my brother-in-law and his nephew, camped at Onion Valley Campground this past weekend. The campsite sits at 9600 feet just west of Independence and north of Lone Pine.

The leaves just turned and it made for some beautiful scenery. There was still a bit of snow on the mountain peaks and the creeks were still flowing.

Our plan was to hike 2 miles to Gilbert Lake and Flower Lake, a gain of about 1300 feet, and fish for trout.With kids in tow, it took about 2.5 hours just to hike 1.5 miles. The elevation was tough on the heart and lungs. We made many snack stops - and heard a lot of complaining, but we ended up at our destination.

At both lakes, the brookies were plentiful. They bit the mice tails and the bubble and fly. It was non-stop action for pan-sized trout. Even though the trout were small, it was fun on 2lb test and an ultra-light rod. The colors on the brookies was phenomenal.

We ended up staying two nights at Onion Valley Campground. On our last day, we hit up Taboose Creek for a dozen trout. It was the first time for any of us to catch trout from a creek.>>

Overall, a trip to the Sierras in the fall is becoming an annual event since the scenery, tranquility, and fishing is just amazing.

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Old 10-12-2017, 09:46 PM   #2
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Memories dad. You are doing a great job. The boys will remember the times you spend with them. Awesome photos.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:55 AM   #3
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Something the kids will never forget. Great job
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:55 AM   #4
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remember...wild trout don't live in ugly places. trout fishing will take you to some epic scenery. great memories for the kiddos!

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Old 10-13-2017, 06:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the report Roby...the colors on those Brookies is amazing...they are so beautiful....it looks a little chilly up there...
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:37 AM   #6
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So cool Roby!$!$!
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:19 AM   #7
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Love everything about this trip. I'm sure as the kids get older these will be some of their best memories.

I'm sneaking in a late late sierras trip 2nd week in nov. Thanks for wettin' the whistle!
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:33 AM   #8
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For the trout experts. What kind of trout is pictured below?

My son caught it in one of the creeks.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:43 AM   #9
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Far from expert but maybe native rainbow?

Memory makin! Love it! I was up around 6300 feet earlier this week camping with my wife and it got down to 28 degrees one night brrrrrrrrrr.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:43 AM   #10
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It's hard to tell from the photo but appears to be a Golden Trout. It's a type of rainbow trout. Ichthyologists ague about how to classify it. It's still pretty! Gorgeous photo of the brookie, and it appears your priorities-taking the kids fishing and camping-are clearly in order, btw! :-)
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Awesome place. Loved the camping trips with my kids when they were younger. Good memories for life.
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For the trout experts. What kind of trout is pictured below?

My son caught it in one of the creeks.
No expert here, but its a Rainbow IMHO.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:08 PM   #13
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Looks like that was an awesome trip. I'm sure you all will have great memories of that trip and will want to repeat it in the future. It sure looks like it got really cold especially because of the altitude. Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing Roby.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:11 PM   #14
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Great photos thanks for sharing.
Hard to tell from the pic but that looks like a hybrid rainbow golden. Nice job!
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:30 PM   #15
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Looks like a nice trip for the family. I am going to go with the very rare and elusive Netshadow Trout?
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:07 AM   #16
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Awesome Roby!

Not to thread jack, more Sierra porn😀

Five days at Silver Lake. I got skunked but son #2 caught 2.

So much fun!!

We ate and drank like 🐷’s 😎.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=WGNzrr8ysVM
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:19 AM   #17
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17° at night, 75° in the afternoon.

Water bottles inside the tent froze at night.

Pesky bears made nightly visits.😳
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:39 PM   #18
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You timed those Aspen just right Ken, they were just barely starting to yellow up when we were there. Next Fall! somewhere up there fer sure.
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:26 PM   #19
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Love it, good on you for taking the kids.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:21 PM   #20
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Nice report and pictures Roby things like what your doing with your sons you really cherish keep up the good work
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